Review: The Last Execution by Jerrie Alexander

The Last Execution by Jerrie Alexander
Release Date:  February 22, 2013
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Pages: 394
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

To survive, she must put the past behind her. To love, she must learn to trust.

Homicide detective Leigh McBride’s first assignment with the FBI brings her face-to-face with a past she’s tried hard to forget. And when her temporary partner, a cynical ex-marine, lights a fire in her she thought long-extinguished, her darkest secret is threatened.

Scarred both physically and emotionally, Special Agent J. T. Noble is a man of few words. He prefers to keep people at a distance–until he meets Leigh. He’s attracted to her strength and drawn in by her secrecy. But in their line of work, secrets can be deadly.

When the killer they are hunting aims his vigilante justice at Leigh’s past assailant, the fine line between right and wrong blurs. To heal the past–and find their future together–Leigh and J. T. must learn that only through trust and forgiveness can love grow.

 

Review:  Leigh is a hard working professional  in a male dominated field.  As a homicide detective,  Leigh walks a fine line everyday.  When a sniper begins killing people, the FBI moves in and begins running the investigation, leaving Leigh to tag along with FBI agent, J.T. Noble.

J.T. is an ex-marine with a bit of an edge.  He’s not much of a talker and it’s like pulling teeth to get him to open up to Leigh about the case, much less anything more personal.  The last thing on Leigh’s mind is a relationship.  She has her hands full being a single mom and always having to look over her shoulder as her past begins to invade the present in a very emotional way.  But, J.T. was practically knocked off his feet the instant he laid eyes on Leigh.  He fights the attraction and so does Leigh.  They have serious issues to contend with and are working around the clock, which doesn’t leave much time for romance.   But,  the sparks that are flying between them won’t be denied forever.

This is a good novel that raises a lot of volatile issues.  One would be vigilante justice,  another deals rape and the aftermath.  These topics have to be handled delicately because many people have very strong feelings about them.  Not too many people could handle the choice Leigh had made.  That is a hard one to contend with.  The victims of the sniper were all abusers and bad people, that we don’t feel too sorry for.   They manage to escape jail time and get away with beating their wives , but does that justify taking matters into our own hands?

The other issues we visited were care for the elderly and alcoholism as a disease.  Living with someone suffering from this disease is just unbearably painful.  The author did a terrific job of combining all these issues into a tense, white knuckle suspense novel.  Hot romance,  a cute kid, a thought provoking plot, and plenty of action rounded out the book giving us characters we could care about, villains we didn’t care for and still managed to bring sensitivity and emotion to very difficult issues.

This is the second book I have read by this author .  I can see her books becoming an automatic “buy”  if she continues to produce novels this high in quality.

 

Julie

 

 






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